Tinubu denies plot to ‘destroy’ Senate

Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu

A former Lagos State governor, Ahmed Tinubu, has denied a news report that he is plotting to “destroy” the Senate.

Mr. Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, on Wednesday said a report by ThisDay newspaper, accusing him of conspiring with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to attack the Senate, was an “outright falsehood” and a “bald assault against truth.”

It is the second time in five weeks that Mr. Tinubu would reject a report by the newspaper.

In March, the former governor debunked a report by the newspaper that he was planning to run for president, describing it as a “manufactured tale” “masquerading as professional journalism.”

The latest story, titled: “PDP Caucus Accuses Tinubu, EFCC of Conspiracy to Destroy Senate” said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the Senate at its meeting last week accused Mr. Tinubu of working with the EFCC to destroy the Senate by attacking the integrity of its members.

The story, which THISDAY said came from an unnamed source at the meeting, alleged that Mr. Tinubu was acting in concert with the anti-graft agency to destroy key elements in the National Assembly in order to clear the way for his 2019 presidential ambition.

“Constant bashing and campaign of calumny launched against the Senate by a prominent national daily and a frontline television station, believed to be owned by the former governor, is an example of the on-going underground war being waged against the Senate as an institution,” the source allegedly told the newspaper.

But in a statement, signed by his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, Mr. Tinubu said those behind the report were “practitioners of political libel,” and slammed the newspaper for publishing what it described as “a rotten lie”.

“The story is such an outright fabrication that it claims the PDP Senators held a special meeting to discuss Asiwaju Tinubu. However, PDP Senators claim no such meeting was ever held and that they hold no special animus toward Asiwaju Tinubu,” the statement read.

It added that as a former senator himself, Mr. Tinubu would not never work to tarnish the reputation of the senate.

“We are usually not in the position of agreement with PDP members. But on this rare occasion, we have no contention with them. Asiwaju Tinubu is a former Senator. He has a special affection for the Senate as an institution. It is not within him to belittle the institution or members of that institution who happen to be in the opposing political party.”

The statement said character and personal attacks are not in consonance with Mr. Tinubu’s political ideology.
“The gutter is no place to build a better nation. We seek higher ground,” the statement said.


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  • obiora

    But he is eyeing Buhari sit, true or not?

    • SteveOMarcus

      Every politician eyes Buhari’s seat.

      • No-Comment

        “I am not an appointee of the APC. I don’t know where APC party
        thought they had the authority to tell me what I should do. I certainly will
        not honour Senate’s summons. My view about what we are doing is in
        consonance with what the President is doing. APC party is just compromising
        with evil. That is what the party is doing and they certainly will not get me
        to do that. I will continue with the original programme of Buhari to get rid of
        corruption in this country. I will not compromise
        .”

        ………Professor Itse Sagay

        (April 6th, 2017)

    • ebong

      Is there any any one in Nigeria that is not eyeing Buhari’s seat? And this includes you!

  • SteveOMarcus

    The senators have already destroyed themselves by their unbridled lust for ego trip and scandals.

  • Mufu Ola

    THISDAY is notorious for cooking up news. Only their financial/economy segment is worth reading.

    • Akinda

      Down! Down!! Down!! goes THISDAY Newspaper into the Abyss of JUNK Journalism. What a pity!

  • Dazmillion

    Tinubu wants to destroy the senate? There is no senate to destroy when criminals saraki, Dino, wkweremadu have already sold the senate

    • Ashibogu

      Na Weremadu!

  • Julius

    Why would anybody be plotting to destroy the Senate , when they are doing a fantastic job of destroying themselves. They need no plot or help. Yeye people.

  • javscong javscong

    How I wish this story is true. Please, if there is anyone or group of persons that can come up with a really viable way of not simply destroying that “den of rogues” but ensuring that all the senators are sent to prison and some even executed, Nigerians will endorse it 100%. We DO NOT need that stinking senate full of criminals.

  • Gary

    Premium Times has resumed censorship of innocuous comments that its editors disagree with.
    All over Tinubu. Such is the power of his influence over the SW media in Nigeria.
    Yet they deny the obvious.

  • NOI sucks

    The senators already damaged, they should not be sitting there in the first instance. There is really nothing to damage on them, Tinubu has better things to think about.

    • Gary

      Couldn’t agree more you…he’s making hay by the billions while the people they conned into voting for his party are literally jumping in the lagoon in desperation and despair.
      Change indeed.

  • Gary

    Sorry Ashiwaju, there’s too much smoke to current happenings from to deny this one.
    The same propaganda operatives and media machine which you, Lai and Ribadu deployed to demonize Jonathan and the PDP are currently at work to denigrate the Senate. All over the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate President without your permission. And the insistence of your Aso Rock allies to retain Magu as EFCC Chairman.

    Can we speculate on why certain people are so invested in Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chief just as we do about Senators who opppse him?
    Is it sheer coincidence that Magu has primarily gone after the opposition and those in the bad books of the Tinubu faction of the APC?
    I’m just saying that we look a little closer to the power-plays of the strange bedfellows in the party Nigerians entrusted with their votes in 2015. Much to their regret now.

  • Abdul-yakeen Mufutau

    Action speaks more than voice. If he is denying an allegation, he should show us evidence of promoting the Legislative Arm of government. Some of us will still remember one of his statements at the Ied Praying ground in Dodan Haram, in Lagos, sometimes ago. In addition, he should let us know, as the “National Leader of APC” what efforts he has made to settle the impasse between the NASS and CGIS, Sagay, and within themselves (Ndume & Dino?